The Sovereignty of God in the Suffering of His People part 8 – Job Contends with God

by Mike Ratliff

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 1:2)

We have arrived at the stage of Job’s trial where he is past trying to rationalize his suffering in light of his godly walk with God. He has stoically refused to curse God in his suffering saying that we should be willing to accept the good with the bad. He silently suffered in his agony on the ash heap. Then his three friends showed up and suffered in silence with him for a week. Job then cried out in pain and frustration to his friends complaining that he did not deserve to be treated like this. Eliphaz responded with a diatribe that included an accurate declaration that all men are sinners. However, he made the mistake of trying to get Job to confess that he had committed some grievous sin, which caused God to punish him. Job then responded that he was justified in his complaint. His suffering is increasing. He is past being noble and gracious. He can no longer contend with Eliphaz and the others because they refuse to believe that such horrible suffering isn’t God’s chastening. Continue reading